Teen Acting Class Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plans for: Acting/Improv Program for Teens

Class/ages: Acting/Improv – 4th-8th grade

Week One:
• Introductions (TV news interviews-one student interviews another as a reporter) • Explain rules and objectives for class
• Review main aspects of improv:
o Imagination – “When stories clash”-Huck Finn meets Harry Potter o Play – Kids at play-1st graders at playground, babies in crib o Trust – Gibberish
o Observation – Whisper/Normal/Shout
o Listening – “One line each” scene
o Focus/Concentration – “No questions” scene
o Impulse – “Surprise prop” scene – prop of unknown origin suddenly appears in scene

Week Two:
• Warm-up exercises
• Sense Memory/awareness
o Lie on back, eyes closed, and sense being at different locations (park, movies, etc.) o Dive through it – walking in circle, imaging swimming through various things (pudding, salsa, etc.) o Play ball – pretend to play “catch”, but ball changes sizes, weights, etc. at various points • Fun exercise – Surprise prop

Week Three:
• Warm-up exercises
• Sense Memory/awareness
o Students walk around in a circle, with different physical traits (limp, just woke-up, etc.) • Emotion memory
o Overdone faces, hands, bodies, feet, and voices to express various emotions o Emotion jump – scene starts as normal, but then each actor is assigned a specific emotional state in which he/she needs to immediate take on

Week Four:
• Warm-up exercises
• Who, what, where, when, why, and how exercises

Week Five:
• Warm-up exercises
• Voice work
• “Sound effects” scenes-students act out scenes, while others on sideline make the necessary sound effects • “Japanese movies” scenes-students act out scenes, while others on sideline do the necessary voice-overs • Fun exercises

• Surprise prop
• Add-a-person – 2 students start a scene, and a 3rd...
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